IT. IS. OFFICIAL. Beyoncé is returning to the Super Bowl halftime show!
Pepsi, the halftime show’s sponsor, confirmed Thursday that the 20-time (yes, 20-time) Grammy Award winning diva will be hitting the Super Bowl stage alongside Coldplay at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7.
“Beyoncé has been in the talks to perform sometime but it was all top secret,” a source told E! News. “Beyoncé is very excited to be at this year’s big Super Bowl. She can’t wait.”
The 34-year-old singer’s first Super Bowl performance was actually in 2004 when she sang the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXVIII began at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
The “Drunk in Love” singer then returned to headline the 2013 Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show in New Orleans at the Superdome with one incredible performance, where she was joined on stage by her former Destiny’s Child bandmates, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, to sing “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman Part I.” She also sang her huge solo hits including “Run the World (Girls),” “Baby Boy,” “Love on Top,” “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time,” “Halo” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it).”
The performance broke records in the Twittersphere and resulted in a blackout, according to E!.
But this year’s Super Bowl 50 performance is expected to be even bigger and even better. “Performing in the past at the Super Bowl was one of her favorite performances,” a source told E!. “She loved the energy of the crowd. She is a big fan of Coldplay and things it’s going to be a fantastic performance by both of them.”
OK–Coldplay? What’s the deal with that?
Besides the fact that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Beyoncé are friends, the two have performed on the same stages separately several times, most recently at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. But Beyoncé and Coldplay also recently collaborated on the band’s seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams.
Other Super Bowl performers are expected to be announced soon!
Along with Beyoncé, past headliners include the Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson (how could we forget that wardrobe malfunction), Aerosmith, Tom Petty, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Prince, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and most recently, Katy Perry.
Katy Perry, who took the stage last year, had the most-watched halftime show in history with 118 million viewers, according to Billboard. It looks like Beyoncé and Coldplay have to live up to some high expectations! But if anyone can do that, it’s that pairing.
We can’t wait to see what they have in store!